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The Missing Hours
The Missing Hours
by Emma Kavanagh
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £16.99

5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Such an Excellent Book – BRILLIANT!, 4 Feb. 2016
This review is from: The Missing Hours (Hardcover)
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"The Missing Hours" by Emma Kavanagh

I have a real aversion to books that take a long time to get into, and that I really have to work hard to get the gist of. There is no such problem with "The Missing Hours", as from the very first paragraph you are there, in the situation, watching little Heather Cole in her shiny red shoes, the red shoes that Mummy told her she was not to wear. Heather, who at 7 years old, is sitting on the muddy bank near the playground, wondering where Mummy is. Has she left her? The overheard telephone conversation of that morning, between Mummy and Aunty Orla, is going round in her head. Heather turns round to climb back up the bank, it's difficult now, more difficult than when she clambered down earlier on – it seems more steep. Where is Mummy? Heather gets to the top of the hill – nothing. A small wail is heard. Looking round Heather sees little Tara, her 3yo sister, sitting on a motionless swing. "Mama, Heafer, Mama's gone".

What has happened? What Mum would leave these little sisters on their own? Enter Detective Constable Leah Mackay who begins the search for and the reason why their Mummy, Selena Cole, has seemingly disappeared.

The reader is taken into the investigative world of our Police Forces. An insight into the difficult job they have in putting together the pieces of the jigsaw to form a picture of events and to find the answers.

Alongside Leah's investigations into Selena's disappearance, there is another investigation being done by her brother, Detective Sergeant Finn Hale, this one is a murder!

The book is absorbing and a real page turner. In between the chapters taking the reader on the two investigations, are various accounts of Kidnap and Ransom taken from the files of The Cole Group.

Are these two cases linked? If they are, how on earth could that be? There are so many twists and turns, and probably like me, you will change your mind several times.

I really don’t want to tell you any more of the story because it will definitely ruin your pleasure in reading it.

The attention to detail in the book is wonderful and this can only come from an author who has first hand knowledge of how the Police work. A really brilliant read that I thoroughly enjoyed. In my opinion it is very well written and it shines through that the Author, Emma Kavanagh, is well versed in what used to be her previous career as a Psychologist, working with the police, the military, firearms officers and command staff to help them deal with and come to terms with their experiences

I found this book to be a real page turner and I would love to see it on the small screen as a mini-series along the lines of "Broadchurch" x "Silent Witness". It would translate very well for this.


L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist Number 03, Brunette
L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Brow Artist Number 03, Brunette
Offered by @Mr Cosmetics
Price: £2.65

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well Priced, Easy to Use Little Eyebrow Kit, 21 Jan. 2016
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L'Oreal Super Liner Brow Artist - Shade No 02 Brunette

Eyebrow pencils are not something I have used over the years, but, being at the wrong end of the age range now, this little kit was worth a try.

1st Impressions:
• 3 in 1 neat unit pencil with a smart silver cap over the coloured end of the eyebrow pencil and a clear plastic cap with a tiny brush attached to cover the waxed end of the pencil.
• There is a peel back sticker on the silver cap showing the list of ingredients – useful for those who have to be careful of allergic reactions

In use:
• The eyebrow pencil is soft in texture and a soft brown in colour. Depending on the effect you want to achieve you can either use little feather strokes with the pencil point to create individual hairs, OR, if you just want to add some extra colour to your existing eyebrow hairs, you can use the flatter side of the pencil end to apply some extra colour.
• Using the little brush, you can then shape your brows and I found, able to distribute the colour you have applied a bit more evenly, if you have been a little heavy handed with it.
• Once you are satisfied with the colour and shape, then use the beeswax end of the eyebrow pencil to fix your brows into place.
• When either end of the eyebrow pencil gets blunt, it is easy to re-sharpen using a small manual style pencil sharpener or lip liner sharpener. Do not use a desk top or electric style sharpener as it will be too robust for this gentle pencil.

In conclusion, I found this to be a very useful little kit. I have a pale complexion with fairly pale eyebrows that get a bit sparse in places, once the grey hairs are plucked out. The amount of colour is easy to control and the overall effect was quite good considering I am not practised at the art of using eyebrow pencils.
At an RRP of £5.49 it is a reasonable price and at time of writing this review is very much cheaper on Amazon.
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Garnier Moisture Plus Restore
Garnier Moisture Plus Restore
Offered by Bargainperfumeshop
Price: £3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Night Cream at A Very Good Price, 21 Jan. 2016
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Garnier Skin Naturals – Moisture Restore + Night Care Recovery Gel-Cream

Another good product from Garnier, this time with a difference. Is it a cream? Is it a gel? No, it is a combination of the two to form a Gel-Cream!

1st Impressions:

• Packaged in a tamper-proof sealed, cellophane covered box, this gel cream is to be found in purple plastic jar with a white screw top lid.
• There is plenty of information on the box telling why this gel-cream is different, how it works, how to use it and the claimed effects. Underneath the box is the all important list of ingredients, so anyone with a specific allergy can check the contents before use.
• The jar contains 50ml of the gel-cream

In use:

• Being a Cream/gel combination it has the smooth feel of a cream, but the speed of use of a gel, in that it works in easily and is quickly absorbed
• This product is aimed at all skin types, including sensitive, for night care.
• Easy to use, just smooth all over a cleansed face and let it work over night.
• This Gel-Cream has a very delicate, light and refreshing fragrance and really pretty very, very pale lavender colour.
• My skin did feel invigorated and fresh when I applied the gel-cream, and I found that not much was needed, as a little went a long way.
• Come the morning, my skin still felt moisturised and comfortable; however, I did not feel that my skin looked any different.
• I didn't find any stickiness or any adverse reaction to the product.
• It is clinically tested and contains no parabens and is suitable for sensitive skin.

I like this product and at an RRP of £3.99 (currently less on Amazon) it is in my opinion, good value for a quality product.
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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Number 630, Beige A Nu
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Number 630, Beige A Nu
Price: £6.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Natural Sort of Colour with Added Sheen, 20 Jan. 2016
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L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in "BEIGE Ὰ NU" No 630

This is one of those lipsticks that at first sight looks darker than what it actually is on the skin.

1st Impressions:
• The Lipstick is tamper-proof sealed with a peel back label which shows the list of ingredients (you will need a magnifying glass). The lipstick has the traditional 'twist up' style action.
• The pale satin gold casing to the Lipstick is very, very classy and smart, with a shiny gold engraved centre band.
• Pull off the cap and the twist up action of the lipstick is sure, smooth and steady. When fully retracted back again, the actual lipstick does not sit up 'proud' but lies level with the top, so it is not susceptible to damage when re-capping the lid.
• The lipstick cap snaps on and clicks into place, and feels firm enough not to come apart in your bag.
• Engraved on the top of the cap is the lipstick shade number (so if you love it you have that reference) and underneath the end is a sticker giving the lipstick name range, shade name and number.

In use:
• The colour of the lipstick ("BEIGE Ὰ NU" No 630) is a pretty burnished pink with a hint of brown gold, with an additional subtle sheen to it. There is a good amount of colour and it is by no means a very pale, nude or beige lip colour.
• It is easy to apply from the stick, or with a lip brush. The lipstick has a traditional point to it and a tear drop shaped smooth side.
• Once on, it felt very smooth and moisturising with no cloying or sticky feeling.
• There is hardly any fragrance to the lipstick, just a really vague powdery type scent.
• The lipstick has no real 'taste' – nothing to dislike or that is particularly noticeable.
• I applied the 1st coat, blotted and applied a second coat. There was next to nothing left on the rim of a cup after a first drink. As the day went on the lipstick did disappear and did not really have any great stain to it. When it was gone it was gone. For that reason I have deducted 1 star.
• The lipstick did not 'bleed' or come off on my teeth (natural or otherwise!!)

To sum up:-
• This is a reasonably priced lipstick. I had no allergic reaction to the product, and I do like this colour. It makes a nice change from the pink toned lipsticks and it suits my pale complexion and older age group. (Not as dark a colour on the skin as it looks in the photos) It is a great shade for all year round.
• At an RRP of £6.99 it is great value from the tried and trusted L'Oréal cosmetic collection.
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L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Couture Lip Liner Number 302, Bois de Rose
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Couture Lip Liner Number 302, Bois de Rose
Price: £3.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile Colour – Great to Use, 18 Jan. 2016
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L'Oréal Colour Riche Couture Lip Liner in "BOIS DE ROSE" Shade No 302

I don't normally use a Lip Liner but am finding that now I need a better definition to my lips (age taking its toll I guess), and also often enhances the lipstick.

1st Impressions:
• It arrived in a press-seal transparent poly bag.
• The Lip Liner has a transparent hard plastic cap, that fits nice and snugly to protect the point of the pencil. There is a peel-back label that provides the Ingredients List (but you will need a magnifying glass to read it!)
• Printed on the pencil is the cosmetic range, colour name and shade number, which I think is handy. It is at the end of the product, just above the gold band, so that you have the reminder should you wish to purchase the same colour again.
• The outside of the Pencil has an indented patterned finish making it comfortable to hold. The gold bands at the top and the end are so smart.

In use:
• Colour – It is a mid-rose pink with a hint of brown to it. I find it to be a good, middle of the road colour. It is a shade that can be used as a base to perk up a lipstick that is maybe a little too pale, or perhaps tone down one that is a bit too bright. I think it would suit a lot of different complexions and age groups.
• This shade is perfect to use with L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in "VIOLET SATURN" No 214. This Lip Liner is just made to go with it!
• It is a very comfortable and easy to use lip pencil and not sharp in any way. It is lovely.
• I used it as just a lip liner with other lipstick, but I also used it for the whole of my lips, filling in with it. The coverage was excellent.
• This lip liner did not get on my teeth (natural or otherwise!!) as some lipsticks do. Neither was there any on the mug after having drunk some tea not long after application.
• My lips felt comfortable and I had no adverse reaction.
• As I am not one to keep touching up lip colour during the day, I was pleased that the colour wore off very gradually, and that there was still some stain colour remaining after a few hours, even though it was feint.

To sum up:-
• At an RRP of £3.99 it is great value and a product that I can really recommend.
• The pencil length is 4½ inches from top to tail, and it should last a while. It only needs re-sharpening with an ordinary manual Lip Pencil sharpener. I would NOT recommend using a desk type sharpener, as it would be too 'vicious', and wear it down too much.
• It is a really good beauty product and I am very impressed with it.
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Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Heating Mask 6 ml - Pack of 2
Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Heating Mask 6 ml - Pack of 2
Offered by KrystalDirect
Price: £3.46

3.0 out of 5 stars Average Results - Nothing Special, 18 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Heating Sauna Face Mask – Pack of 2

Over the years, from teens to older age, I have used many different types of face masks. Most have done a reasonable job and my skin has felt and looked better afterwards.

• These are 2 small sachets joined together with each sachet containing 6 ml of the product. A perforated line shows where to cut the sachets apart and there is a little notch on each showing where to tear the top off the sachet.
• For those who have sensitive skin or allergies, there is a clearly printed Ingredients List on the sachet. Also printed on is the skin type the product is designed for (Shine, blocked pores, imperfections, combination to oily skin) to deep cleanse. It also states how it is different, the expected result and how to use.
• It is easily applied to WET skin that is make-up free. Concentrate on the T Zone, massage in gently to start the self-heating action. Relax and leave mask on for 3 minutes and then rinse off.
• The product has a creamy consistency, is a very, very pale blue colour and so easy to spread over your skin.
• It did not totally dry out, there was no real tightening of the face and hardly any heat generated by the mask.
• I actually left it on for longer than that while having a nice relaxing soak in the bath.
• I did not have any adverse reaction to is even applying it close to my eye area.

To be honest, there was no discernable difference to my skin after using this Face Mask. It probably did some good as it contains Zinc and Zinc is well known to benefit the skin.
I have only given this Mask a 3 star rating, because it was, in my opinion, no better than the face masks that can be bought in Boots, Super Drug, the Supermarkets. At an RRP of £3.46 it is more expensive than those. There is enough in other sachets for 2 sessions, but with these 1 sachet was only enough for 1 session.


L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick - Violet Saturn (Number 214)
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick - Violet Saturn (Number 214)
Price: £5.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Colour with Some Added Sparkle, 18 Jan. 2016
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L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in "VIOLET SATURN" No 214

There are occasions when what you see is not exactly what you get, and this is one such item! At first sight, this looks to be a fairly dark colour lipstick but "VIOLET SATURN" is a much more natural shade in use.

1st Impressions:
• The Lipstick is tamper-proof sealed with a peel back label which shows the list of ingredients (you will need a magnifying glass). The lipstick has the traditional 'twist up' style action.
• The pale satin gold casing to the Lipstick is very, very classy and smart, with a shiny gold engraved centre band.
• Pull off the cap and the twist up action of the lipstick is sure, smooth and steady. When fully retracted back again, the actual lipstick does not sit up 'proud' but lies level with the top, so it is not susceptible to damage when re-capping the lid.
• The lipstick cap snaps on and clicks into place, and feels firm enough not to come apart in your bag.
• Engraved on the top of the cap is the lipstick shade number (so if you love it you have that reference) and underneath the end is a sticker giving the lipstick name range, shade name and number.

In use:
• The colour of the lipstick ("VIOLET SATURN" No 214) is a very pretty mid Rose Pink, like a gorgeous summer rose in the garden, with an additional subtle and discrete sparkly finish. There is a good amount of colour and is by no means a very pale lip colour.
• It is easy to apply from the stick, or with a lip brush. The lipstick has a traditional point to it and a tear drop shaped smooth side.
• Once on, it felt very smooth and moisturising with no cloying or sticky feeling.
• There is hardly any fragrance to the lipstick, just a really vague powdery type scent.
• The lipstick has no real 'taste' – nothing to dislike or that is particularly noticeable.
• I applied the 1st coat, blotted and applied a second coat. There was next to nothing left on the rim of a cup after a first drink. As the day went on the lipstick did disappear and did not have much stain to it, to give a lot of lasting colour. The lipstick did not 'bleed' or come off on my teeth (natural or otherwise!!)
• For any ladies who like to use a pencil Lip Liner before applying lipstick, L'Oréal Colour Riche Couture Lip Liner "BOIS DE ROSE" Shade NO 302, is perfect to go with this lipstick. It is like it is tailor made!

To sum up:-
• This is a reasonably priced lipstick. I had no allergic reaction to the product, and I just love this colour. It suits my pale complexion and older age group. (Not as dark a colour on the skin as it looks in the photos) It is a great shade for all year round and is flattering.
• At an RRP of £6.99 it is great value from the tried and trusted L'Oréal cosmetic collection.
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L'Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara  8.5 ml, Black Angel
L'Oréal Paris Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara 8.5 ml, Black Angel
Price: £6.85

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Mascara, Does a Good Job – Great Effect, 14 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
L'Oréal Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara in BLACK ANGEL 8.5ml

Choosing Mascara over the years has sometimes been a bit hit and miss. Any of them can look good on the outside, be the right price and promise great effects on your eyes, but it is only when you actually buy it and try it that you find out if it is as good as it seems.

1st Impressions:
• Lovely presentation from L'Oréal with this very stylish chunky shiny black and metallic fuchsia casing. Having a flat side to this unusual and eye-catching casing, means that when put down, it will not roll off the dressing table on to the floor!
• Made in Italy it claims this mega black mascara provides mega volume from top to bottom lashes.
• Peel back the label on the metallic fuchsia section of the casing and you will find the all important Ingredients List, for those who are susceptible to allergies.
• Unscrew the lid and you will find a 360°tapered brush with bristles of various sizes and a good coating of the mascara as it is withdrawn from the base.
• Re-insert the wand and screw back into place and the final turn making the flat edge line up, gives a satisfying click giving re-assurance that this will not come apart in your handbag or make-up bag.

In use:
• My lashes are not as long or as thick as they used to be, in fact old age has meant that they are quite sparse now. This mascara however really improved their look. I found the wand to be a comfortable length and the coating of the mascara to be just about right with 1 sweep of it. It coated the individual lashes very well.
• The colour is classified as "extra black" which sounds a very harsh colour. In my opinion it is a soft black, almost a very very dark charcoal grey, which I liked as it is kinder to an older face.
• I did not find the mascara to be 'clumpy' and neither did it make my eyelashes feel stiff or brittle. My eyes felt very comfortable and the lashes well separated. I think this is down to the very well designed brush.
• It does not state that it is waterproof, however at the moment it is raining nearly every day for at least part of the day and I did not come home looking like a panda, or have any 'runs' under my eyes, after walking the dogs in the rain!
• The mascara lasted well all day, and come bedtime, it was easily removed with my usual make-up remover.

At an RRP of £8.99 and an even cheaper price on Amazon, I consider this Mascara to be well worth the money. Being a chunky style container, some may find it a bit large to carry in the handbag, but for those at work there is always the office desk and it is just fine to keep with your other make-up in your dressing table.

I recommend this Mascara and consider it to be a very good buy and well worth the full star rating.
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Garnier Body Intense Care Moisturising Lotion 50 ml
Garnier Body Intense Care Moisturising Lotion 50 ml
Offered by KrystalDirect
Price: £2.36

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely GORGEOUS!, 14 Jan. 2016
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
Garnier Skin Naturals INTENSE CARE Moisturising Cream for Dry/Normal Skin

Ah, choosing Skin Cream – so many to choose from huh!! Well in my opinion, this little pink pot contains a real gem!!

1st Impressions:
• A pretty in pink but not overly impressive plastic screw top 'pot'. Unscrew the lid and you will see the tamper-proof sealed cover to the product.
• On the lid is the main information advising that this cream is Intense Care and suitable for body, hand and face. Designed to be used on Dry and Normal skin and it has been dermatologically tested.
• Underneath the 'pot' (and you will need a magnifying glass for this) you will find the all important Ingredients List.

In use:
• Peel back the sealed cover and you will find a lovely silky translucent cream which has a GORGEOUS fragrance which I love! Like roses on a summer day after a gentle shower of rain.
• Just take some of the cream and smooth it into your skin. It feels soooooo lovely and is easily absorbed to provide moisturisation and comfort but without any greasiness or sticky feeling.
• A little goes a long way, it really does.

To sum up:
This for me is for face, neck and hands and is just the right size to keep in a bag, in the car glove box, in the office desk etc etc.
I do prefer products that have a nice fragrance and this one, I think, is really lovely.
I used it on its own and also under light make-up and it was just great either way. The make-up went on over it with no problems. My skin felt great with no adverse reaction anywhere at all.
It is only a small pot (contains 50ml) but at an RRP of £2.49 it is a bargain, a real steal!
If I could award this Intense Care Moisturising Cream 10 stars I would!!
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Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream SPF15 - 30 ml, Light
Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream SPF15 - 30 ml, Light
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Use, 13 Jan. 2016
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Maybelline Dream Pure BB 8-in-1 Cream in LIGHT

Everyone is busy and a product that give us a quick fix, is easy to use and don’t cost a fortune is a real boon. Well, if this sounds like you, then this might just be the product you are looking for!

Packaged in a no-nonsense plastic tube, there is 30ml of BB Cream and the tube is topped with a screw cap. There is information printed on it, noting the 8 in 1 benefits, how to use the product and a list of ingredients. The list of ingredients is in a very minute print, so you will probably need a magnifying glass to read it!

This Dream Pure 8-in-1 BB Cream is suitable for all age groups and is easy to apply. Just smooth over your face the same as you would when applying a moisturiser, and you are done!. If you prefer, you can use a moisturiser first.

To me there was no fragrance and it provided a good coverage with a matte finish, making it very suitable for those with a tendency for oily skin. An essential attribute is that the BB Cream provides SPF15.

I found the BB Cream very easy to apply, and that the Light shade is just right for me. It certainly gives a nice even coverage and is in no way 'heavy'. Neither did it sink into or accentuate facial lines (I am the wrong side of 69!), but looked good for most of the day. It definitely evens out my skin tone and I had no adverse reaction or sensitivity to it.

At an RRP of £6.99 it is an affordable product.
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